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Quick Hits: October 29, 2020

Furuno Mourns Jeff Shield.

Furuno is mourning the death of Jeff Shield, a commercial sales representative who died Oct. 20 following complications from a medical procedure. A Delaware native, Shield brought his knowledge and expertise to the Furuno sales department over the last five years as a commercial sales representative for the East Coast and Great Lakes regions. During that time, he contributed to the fleet navigation retrofit of the Canadian Coast Guard and the fleet renewal of Doppler Speed Logs for his beloved USCG. “The people you love and respect are never gone from you memories and thoughts,” said GMT Electronics general manager Michael Matta in a statement. “ They never vanish, they just pass to an everlasting life. Yet we still miss them no matter what. No matter how strong we are in the faith.”


‘A Phenomenal Success’

The Southampton International Boat Show had more than 88,000 visitors during its 10-day run, after last year’s cancellation.

TopSide Marinas Makes First Two Acquisitions

Founded in January 2020, the firm has thus far acquired Beavers Bend Marina in Oklahoma and Galveston Yacht Basin in Texas.

Two Boosts for Boating and Fishing

MBIA’s Metro Boat show show draws a crowd, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expands boating and fishing opportunities.

Norwalk Boat Show Held This Weekend

The NMMA show runs through Sunday at Norwalk Cove Marina in Norwalk, Conn.

Raritan Expands Team

Patrick McNeel joins the New Jersey-based manufacturer as a marine equipment product developer.

Industry Mourns Walter “Bing” Burns O’Meara

The longtime publisher of Lakeland Boating magazine has died at 81.

NMMA Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

Regulator Marine’s Joan Maxwell and Bill Watters of Syntec Industries will be honored at IBEX.

Brunswick Acquires SemahTronix

The supplier of wiring harnesses and other electrical assemblies will be part of Brunswick’s growing Advanced Systems Group.